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Eritrea at 24: Proving all Naysayers Wrong

Newly built Adi Halo (Tokor) dam



Eritrea at 24: Proving all Naysayers Wrong


By Dawit Gebremichael Habte


Eritrea is good in proving naysayers wrong. The list of naysayers and their prophecy of doom is long but suffices it to quote a couple from history:

Stephen Longrigg, the notorious Chief British Military Administrator of Eritrea (1942-1944), concluded his book on the “history” of Eritrea with these words:
“[T]he single Eritrea of to-day is doomed. Dismemberment, in some form and to some extent, must be the alternative.” – Stephen H. Longrigg, A Short History of Eritrea, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1945.
This is the same Longrigg who was writing in Eritrean Newspapers using an Eritrean penname and advocating the dismemberment of Eritrea. Eritrean people have proved him wrong.

In 1983, few months after Ethiopia’s much heralded 6th offensive (also known by the Ethiopians Operation Red Star), was soundly defeated by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Army in the mountains of Sahel, Haggai Erlich, an Israeli historian and expert on the infamous Tigrean war lord, Alula, had this prediction:
“The Eritrean organizations were not destroyed, but their chances of defeating the Ethiopian armed forces and recapturing Eritrea became remote. What had seemed just a year earlier a feasible military option for fulfilling Eritrean nationalism was rendered impossible and seems likely to remain so for the foreseeable future…. Eritrean victory may realistically be excluded as a future possibility. The chances of those identified with Eritrean nationalism achieving it by military victory over the Ethiopian armed forces seems very remote.” – Haggai Erlich, The Struggle over Eritrea 1962-1978.
However, Eritrean victories at Northern Sahel Front in 1984, Afabet in 1988, Massawa in 1990, and finally the surrender of the Ethiopian Army and the total liberation of Eritrea on May 24, 1991 had proved this Israeli historian wrong.

Fast foreword to our times, there are similar naysayers who do not learn from the history of the Eritrean people. From “experts” at the International Crisis Group, to journalists and diplomats, who preach doom and gloom, one by one they all have been proved wrong. For now we will focus on a couple of these recent naysayers:

According to the leaked U.S. diplomatic cables reported by The Guardian, US Ambassador to Eritrea, Ronald K. McMullen is claimed to have concluded that the Eritrean government “is one bullet away from implosion” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/195418). Ambassador McMullen reached this conclusion back in March of 2009. At least that is when the report appears to have been compiled. So, whatever happened to the people and government of Eritrea six years and two months since? How did their fate turn out to be compared to their neighbors and the rest of the world? For one thing, the government of Eritrea is more stable and the people of Eritrea are more determined and certain of achieving their nirvana. Eritreans’ nirvana is nothing short of an independent, stable, peaceful, self-reliant, prosperous, and socially responsible country. A stable government and dedicated population are necessary but not sufficient prerequisites for realizing Eritrea’s aspirations. Eritrea’s nirvana requires a solid infrastructure and reliable framework for sustainable economic development. How does Eritrea’s report card look like in that respect, come May 24, 2015? From infrastructure perspective, the people and government of Eritrea have completed dozens of big and small dam construction projects like: (1) Kerkebet, (2) Gerset (3) Fanco Rawi (4) Fanco Tsimue (5) Gergera (6) Teqera (7) Tokor (8) Ali Gidir (9) Biddho (10) Warsai. The combined capacity of these is more than 600 million m3 (cubic meter). In addition, Eritrea today is dotted with micro-dams, water reservoirs, check-dams and river diversion schemes.

In 1998, at the beginning of the Eritrea-Ethiopia border war, US Ambassador to Ethiopia, David Shin told a group of US based Eritrean and Ethiopian citizens that were trying to bring peace to the two countries that, “in a short time the Eritrean economy would collapse”. According to another Wikileaks cable, this time out of Berlin, the German government froze its support for “the Bisha mining project”, predicting that “it would paralyze the project.”
(https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09BERLIN1467_a.html).

Also in 2009, Ambassador McMullen professed that “[g]old mining will not provide the anticipated economic panacea.” Well, as of early 2015, what is the status of the Eritrean economy? According to some economic analysts Eritrea’s economy is among the fastest growing economies in Africa. For starters Eritrea has attracted more than a dozen mining companies, some are in the extraction phase, some in the advanced exploration stage and others starting. They are exploring for: gold (Au), silver (Ag), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni), potash (mainly coming from potassium bearing salts), tantalum (Ta) and uranium (U). Here is a small sample of the mining companies operating in Eritrea:

1. Canadian Nevsun Resources (AMEX:NSU) (Bisha and Harena),
2. Canadian Sunridge Gold Corporation -- TSX: SGC (Emba Derho, Adi Nefas, Debarwa, Gupo, Adi     Raesi and Kodadu).
3. Chinese Investment Group SFECO (Kerkebet)
4. Australian South Boulder Mines -- ASX:STB (Colluli)
5. British Ortac Resources -- LON:OTC (Hykota) and
6. Russian Gazprombank -- GPB -- RTS: GZPR (Ketina).

Ambassador McMullen had also claimed that: “the country's reservoir of hope is now largely depleted.” Irrespective of the amount and abundance of mineral resources the country has in reserve, Eritrea’s precious resources are its children. Eritrea had made it clear from the get go, its children are “the country’s reservoir of hope” that will take the nation to its nirvana. No matter what the naysayers and prophets of doom like McMullen predict, pray for, and work for, Eritrea’s real reservoir of hope will never be depleted.

The nation that was supposed to be "on the brink of disaster" in 1945, in 1983, in 2000 and 2009 by the naysayers is still standing as tall as ever. Nevertheless, have Eritreans reached their nirvana? Absolutely not! Are they in the right direction to getting to their nirvana? YES! Eritrea is definitely in the right path. Is the Eritrean government “one bullet away from implosion?” Far from it; quite to the contrary, Eritreans and their government are standing with their heads up and tackling, relying on themselves, the challenges of getting to a much brighter future. The Financial Times of London had written 19 years ago: “thirty years ago most observers doubted that Eritrea would even win its war for independence. Who is to say that Eritrea will not again surprise the world as it seeks to liberate itself from poverty?" For sure, Eritrea is in the right track to surprise the world and to once more prove all the naysayers wrong.
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22 comments:

  1. Wow... we built this dam on our own without selling worthless bonds and hiring firms outside the country.


    Congrats Eritrea on the massive accomplishment!!

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  2. Forever_EritreanMay 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    This article has inspired me in many ways. Thank you, Dawit!

    As the saying goes, "THE PERSON WHO SAYS IT CANNOT BE DONE SHOULD NOT INTERRUPT THE PERSON DOING IT."



    Happy 24th ERI

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  3. The Financial Times of London., the only guys that were right and even then they were saying it out of the surprise of 1991.

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  4. The naysayings has contributed for the good stand to the leadership. Thus, food security is secured vis a vis the promising economy intervention and the social interaction towards strong bond would definitely boost the moral of the community to keep their children under their control. There would be no more migration only every body share its responsibility to better the future of the mass in particular and the country at large. No country would dare to be an enemy other than working together with respect for development. Eritrea is a good example for other African countries.

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  5. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 16, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    ቀደም፡ ዘይካሉናስ፡ ሕጂ፤ ግዳ ኣብ ወርቒ......... :)

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  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ltglaWXxHE

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  7. Im not impressed. Have some slf respect Ugum. Keep your shit on tgrayonline LOL

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  8. Ne gereley Alec hawey..nezom hususat

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  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CwJHTQOQkc

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  10. Did you enjoy the song? Did you enjoy the song? Tell me. Did you enjoy the song? ( this reminds me of someone..lol). BTW, I unconsciously have a crash on the singer.(((((((((((( poor me.

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  11. I think my hero, W Churchill was referring to the likes of Eritrea when he said these.

    "Success is not final, failur is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts"

    "Pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

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  12. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 16, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    ቀደም፡ ኣብ በረኻ ኮሎና፤ ዘይካሉናስ፡ ሕጂ፤ ግዳ ኣብ ወርቒ ኮፍ ምስበልና ፤ ከመይ ጌሮም፡ ክኽእሉና!!! ብጻይ፤ ኬይን፡ ሊበሮ!.. :)

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  13. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 16, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Oh man ur going insane. me likey...:D

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  14. ኣሌክ - Alec youMay 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Hahahahaha.... Insanity on the making.

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  15. A country with one of the highest numbers of refugee arrivals in Lampedusa. A country that has political prisoners like hero Petros Solomon and hero Ogbe Abraha locked up for over a decade. A country that has locked up numerous journalists and closed down the private news papers that were present even during the border war. A country that has never EVER published a national budget in it's over two decades of independece. A country that is ruled by one lunatic that has no institutions in place. No vice-president/prime-minister, no National Assembly that can hold the cabinet of ministers and the head of state accountable like in any sane country. A country like that isn't proving any naysayers wrong. It just proves to the outside world that it's just another backward, poor and lost banana republic in Africa. But then again, we already have more than 50 of those on that continent right? My advice to mister Habte is to leave the west and move to that paradise called Eritrea. I think that all the things he takes for granted in the US/EU like continuous power supply, clean drinking water, good roads, decent railways, professionally run and managed hospitals etc. is something he's not willing to give up.

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  16. Get it out of hereMay 16, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Jacob,
    You know we will not watch Agame crap. Get that sh*t out of here.

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  17. Don't pollute Eritrean WebsiteMay 16, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Jacob,
    Please do not pollute Eritrean websites. Never post Agame crap.
    Mr. Webmaster: Please delete all Agame videos posted by Jacob. They don't belong on this website. Thank you

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  18. A country with one of the highest numbers of refugee arrivals in
    Lampedusa. A country that has political prisoners like its former
    minister of foreign affairs, Petros Solomon and others locked up for
    over a decade. A country that has locked up numerous journalists and
    closed down the private news papers that were present even during the
    border war with Ethiopia. A country that has never ever published a
    national budget in it's over two decades of independence. A country that
    is ruled by one lunatic that has no institutions in place. No
    vice-president/prime-minister, no National Assembly that can hold the
    cabinet of ministers and the head of state accountable like in any sane
    country. A country like that isn't proving any naysayers wrong. It just
    proves to the outside world that it's just another backward, poor and
    lost banana republic in Africa. But then again, we already have more
    than 50 of those on that continent right? My advice to mister Habte is
    to leave the west and move to that paradise called Eritrea. I think that
    all the things he takes for granted in the US/EU like continuous power
    supply, clean drinking water, good roads, decent railways,
    professionally run and managed hospitals etc. is something he's not
    willing to give up.

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  19. Ata, neti derfi Temben derfi mebekol Kubur President Isiaas esi crap tblo? Wey dfret!!! EiraEiro ktwerd ika!!

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  20. ha ha ha alle african countrys are booming biside this feild stat eritrea sing and poor of africa

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  21. Dawit a nice and timely inf of hope to our people.
    FYI the Rservoir's name at Adi-Halo is 'Tekera'

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